The Captains

The Captains

DVD - 2011
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Since first soaring onto television screens in the mid 1960s, Star Trek has become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. The original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, travels around the globe to interview the elite group of actors who have portrayed the role of Enterprise Captain, giving fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the pop culture phenomenon.
Publisher: [United States] : E-One, 2011.
ISBN: 9781417236008
1417236000
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 Start -C
Characteristics: 1 DVD (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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KateHillier Dec 08, 2014

William Shatner goes on a journey to meet with all the actors who have played a starship Captain. His quest? To see what the six of them (Chris Pine from the rebooted Star Trek films is included) have in common. What decisions they made and what work they did that led them to the famous captain's... Read More »


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PimaLib_SheilaB May 24, 2016

For all Star Trekees! This documentary is a great glimpse into the lives of the Star Trek captains. Shatner travels to interview each to gain perspective of how Star Trek impacted them.
Nominated for Best Performing Arts Documentary Program in 2013.

KateHillier Dec 08, 2014

William Shatner goes on a journey to meet with all the actors who have played a starship Captain. His quest? To see what the six of them (Chris Pine from the rebooted Star Trek films is included) have in common. What decisions they made and what work they did that led them to the famous captain's chair. What they share may or may not surprise you.

It's a wonderful look into the heads of these famous actors. You see how they struggled with their roles (from Patrick Stewart being worried about committing to a show for so long, to Kate Mulgrew being a single parent) and how they've come to embrace their Star Trek careers - even if that's the only thing that they are ever remembered for.

Any Star Trek fan would love this. I can guarantee it.

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Britty346
Nov 05, 2014

This was a very interesting documentary. I have grown up with watching any Star Trek that may have been on at the moment but I love the movies with Chris Pine. What I like about this is they didn't only talk about Star Trek but other parts of their lives and how the character influenced them and the whole Star Trek experience.
If you are a die hard fan this would be some thing you would love to watch or if you are a casual watcher like me this still is fascinating to observe.

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pigweed
Feb 23, 2014

This was "ok." I thought the actors who have played the captains were a little awkward together.

theorbys Jan 11, 2013

Interesting enough, and you would likely learn things about Trek. There are some fine moments, mostly with fans at conventions that make it worth watching. And I think Shatner is pretty interesting, he has parlayed a mediocre hand of talent into a rather amazing and successful career and made himself into a legitimate icon in the process. He is such an oddity.

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Purple_Beast_2
Jul 03, 2012

I really liked this documentary. The only part I had a problem with was when they started talking about their views on the afterlife. I was surprised that two of the captains are accomplished musicians. I can't decide:
Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

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Crusader
Feb 03, 2012

Well, what can one say: This movie is full of shat... The Shat that is, Wiliam Shatner himself. Even for a hardcore Star Trek fan such as me, it was painful to watch and I must admit I only made it through the first hour before deciding that this was an hour of my life I would never get back. Actually, I am surprised I watched more than 5 minutes of it.

William Shatner is many things: actor, spokesperson, comedian. He can now add : 'worst interviewer ever' on his list. Bill is a terrible interviewer. He asks the dumbest questions from the other captains and you wonder how people such as Patrick Stewart can go through the interview and keep a straight face.

The questions are mostly geared at allowing Bill to jump in and give HIS answer. There are a few good moments when the other captains are allowed to speak without being interrupted, or when other Star Trek actors are asked questions without Bill taking up 3/4 of the screen, but these are few and far between.

My advice: If you see this movie approaching, put up your shields, go to battle station, arm photon torpedoes and prepare to blow it out of the stars!

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joseph
Jan 18, 2012

Good - If you're a Star Trek fan, you owe it to yourself to experience this quaint documentary by legendary William Shatner. Each captain of each Star Trek franchise is examined both professionally and emotionally. Look for a scene in William Shatner appears at a convention and speaks to the audience - very talented speaker and comedian.

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Jul 03, 2012

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Jul 03, 2012

BONES: " Captain. Do you know what you get when you feed a trible?"
CAPTAIN KIRK: "A fat trible?"
BONES: "No. A bunch of little hungry tribles.

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